Pain relief, part II: NSAIDS: why they can affect the stomach
Self-tutoring about pain relief: the tutor looks into the connection between NSAIDS and the stomach.
Apparently, NSAIDS work by reducing the production of prostaglandins, which are chemicals the body makes in response to injury. Prostaglandins cause fever and inflammation, along with pain.
Prostaglandins also are released to maintain the stomach lining. NSAIDS, by reducing prostagladins, reduce the protection to the stomach lining.
Common NSAIDS are aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.
Source:Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.